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Old 06-26-2008, 05:20 PM   #11
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OK - It's been a while, but this sounds very similar to Paiella (sp).

Are they similar dishes, or has memory failed me.

AC

And what differentiates this from Gumbo? I think I know, but, while being dumb, do the whole magilla.
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Old 06-26-2008, 05:33 PM   #12
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The seasonings are substantially different. Jambalaya does not include saffron.
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Old 06-26-2008, 05:35 PM   #13
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It is common belief that jambalaya had it's origins from the Spanish dish Paella.

Think of gumbo as a type of soup...be it thick or thin
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Old 06-26-2008, 06:08 PM   #14
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Google "The Gumbo Pages"...

More about gumbo and all than you've ever seen!

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Old 06-27-2008, 10:55 AM   #15
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My memory has been officially jogged... gumbo = soupy, jambalaya = rice.

I fooled around with the 2 recipes suggested (thanks, Andy M & grilling fool!).

Used andouille sausage as well as polska kielbasa, doubled (or there-abouts) the celery/onion/garlic, added more rice (kept broth amount the same), more spices & Tabasco! omitted the fish but went for shrimp (sauteed with garlic and added at the end), cooked for the 40 minutes suggested but stirred it up as to get more "crunchy" rice bits and put back in oven for another 20 (there was a bit of liquid/broth left).... yum! All went well - thanks again!
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Old 06-27-2008, 11:37 AM   #16
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Gumbo is more soup/stew like, depending on which type of recipe you use or who you are talking to. Gumbo is like meatballs...everyone has their own recipe and some will fight you over it.

Jambalaya which translates to ham/rice, is a drier dish of sauteed vegetables with ham, spicy sausage and chicken. Other ingredients could be added like duck, for instance.

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Old 06-27-2008, 11:43 AM   #17
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It is common belief that jambalaya had it's origins from the Spanish dish Paella.

Think of gumbo as a type of soup...be it thick or thin
Jambalaya literally translates from an african language and french to mean ham (jambon) and rice (yaya). I lean more in the direction of slaves creating jamblalaya.
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Old 06-27-2008, 11:57 AM   #18
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This article tells you all about jambalaya. be sure to read the whole page...it's quite interesting.

jambalaya: Definition and Much More from Answers.com
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Old 06-27-2008, 02:15 PM   #19
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Read the article....it leans towards the spanish paella theory. I've always read more theories leaning towards slaves from africa.
Like any gumbo or jambalaya, it's origins are mixed and muddled.
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It is a commonly held belief among many historians that Jambalaya, the dish, had it’s origin in and from the Spanish dish Paella. Its Spanish origin has nothing to do with the etymology of its name.

The origin of the name Jambalaya itself is shrouded in some mystery. Two of the three syllables are French in origin, namely jambon (ham) and a la (in the style of) with the third thought to be African in origin, ya (rice). Jambalaya is a New World creation connected to the Old World through the Spanish dish paella, with its name basically being French in origin. Any idea of African influence into the dish’s creation would be conjecture and speculation.

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